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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends a provision relating to an application for a small amount of water.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . defines terms;
14 . requires an applicant to meet certain local ordinances;
15 . requires the state engineer to notify an applicant when proof is due;
16 . authorizes an appropriator of a small amount of water to file an affidavit as proof;
17 . provides the time in which an application lapses;
18 . authorizes a person to file a request to reinstate a lapsed application; and
19 . requires the state engineer to issue a certificate for a reinstated application if the
20 applicant meets certain requirements.
21 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 73-3-5.6, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 121
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 73-3-5.6 is amended to read:
31 73-3-5.6. Applications to appropriate or permanently change a small amount of
33 (1) As used in this section:
34 (a) "Application" means an application to:
35 (i) appropriate a small amount of water; or
36 (ii) permanently change a small amount of water.
37 (b) "Livestock water right" is as defined in Section 73-3-31 .
38 (c) "Proof" means proof of:
39 (i) appropriation; or
40 (ii) permanent change.
41 (d) "Small amount of water" means the amount of water necessary to meet the
42 requirements of:
43 (i) one residence;
44 (ii) 1/4 acre of irrigable land; and
45 (iii) a livestock watering right for:
46 (A) ten cattle; or
47 (B) the equivalent amount of water of Subsection (1)(d)(iii)(A) for livestock other than
52 (a) the state engineer undertakes a thorough investigation of the [
54 (b) notice is provided in accordance with Subsection [
55 (c) the application complies with the state engineer's regional policies and restrictions
56 and Section 73-3-3 or 73-3-8 , as applicable[
57 (d) the application does not conflict with a political subdivision's ordinance:
58 (i) for planning, zoning, or subdivision regulation; or
59 (ii) under Section 10-8-15 .
62 state engineer.
63 (b) If the state engineer finds that the uses proposed by the application may impair
64 other rights, before approving the application, the state engineer shall give notice of the
65 application according to Section 73-3-6 .
67 the time limit [
69 (5) Sixty days before the end of the time limit for construction, the state engineer shall
70 notify the applicant by mail when proof is due.
71 (6) (a) Notwithstanding Section 73-3-16 , the state engineer shall issue a certificate
72 under Section 73-3-17 if an applicant files an affidavit, on a form provided by the state
73 engineer, as proof.
74 (b) The affidavit shall:
75 (i) specify the amount of:
76 (A) irrigated land; and
77 (B) livestock watered; and
78 (ii) declare the residence is constructed and occupied.
79 (c) The form provided by the state engineer under Subsection (6)(a) may require the
80 information the state engineer determines is necessary to maintain accurate records regarding
81 the point of diversion and place of use.
82 (7) If an applicant does not file the proof required by Subsection (6) by the day on
83 which the time limit for construction ends, the application lapses under Section 73-3-18 .
84 (8) (a) An applicant whose application lapses may file a request with the state engineer
85 to reinstate the application, if the applicant demonstrates that the applicant or the applicant's
86 predecessor in interest:
87 (i) constructed and occupied a residence within the time limit for construction; and
88 (ii) beneficially uses the water.
89 (b) If an applicant meets the requirements of Subsection (8)(a) and submits an affidavit
90 as provided by Subsection (6), the state engineer shall issue a certificate:
91 (i) for the amount of water actually in use as described in the affidavit; and
92 (ii) with a priority date of the day on which the applicant files the request for
93 reinstatement of the application.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-25-09 9:19 AM